Fifty years ago on July 2, 1971, Oregon’s Republican Governor Tom McCall signed into law the Beverage Container Act. More commonly known as the Bottle Bill, the goal of the law was to reduce litter in the state to protect its beauty for generations ahead.
Now a half century in, the Bottle Bill continues to help reduce litter and sees nearly two billion containers get recycled each year. Through the years, the types of containers have transitioned from mainly glass ones to more aluminum and plastic containers. Oregonians recycle over 80% of beverage containers, that’s double the national average.
To assist in celebrating this 50th Anniversary of the Bottle Bill, the Oregon BotlteDrop will host a special Hidden Bottle Hunt from July 7 – 11, 2021. The state of Oregon will be divided up into six zones.
Each day, there will be a new clue to help find the hidden Golden Bottle in each zone. The clues will lead participants to head outdoors to enjoy the special places the Bottle Bill helps protect.
The six gold-colored commemorative bottles will be geographically dispersed, and hidden in public parks across Oregon. If you find one, you get to keep it! BottleDrop will also direct a $500 donation to the charity of your choice, chosen from its list of more than 3,000 Oregon nonprofits that participate in our BottleDrop Give program.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.